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Saturday 27 May 2017

Dozens arrested as 'rag week' students cause havoc

John Fallon

A further dozen students have been arrested in Galway as a college 'rag week' continues to cause mayhem in the city.

Gardai have so far arrested more than 30 students, mostly on public order offences, after more unruly scenes in the city centre and Salthill.

Gardai have received numerous complaints of property being damaged, residents being intimidated and drunk and disorderly behaviour following a week of incidents involving students from NUI Galway.

The college president, Dr Jim Browne, has called for an end to 'College Week' and officials have warned that offending students will be expelled.

But one man living near the college says he may have to leave his home after a week of appalling incidents.

Martin Jennings, a 68 year old who is wheelchair bound, said the week's events were "shocking" and he was afraid he would have to leave his house at Hazel Park in Newcastle, where many students live.

"It has been hell here. On Wednesday night we had 150 of them in one of the houses and the abuse that was given to residents was awful. They were all over the place, screaming, shouting and throwing bottles," he said.

Mr Jennings said the students had targeted and intimidated residents. "A man from our road came home from work to find the roof of his car destroyed," he added.

Irish Independent

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